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Fresh produce, endless menus of hearty dishes, friendly storeowners and a buzzing atmosphere –  all reasons why the Adelaide Central Market and Central Market Arcade are some of the most enticing city spaces.

We asked four local traders to share a favourite winter dish, their top market snack and where they like to wander during the cooler months.

Ian Behrndt, Providore
Ian Behrndt, Providore

Ian Behrndt – Providore, Stall 66

The Ultimate Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownie (gluten free)

I just love the flavours and that you can change the type of chocolate you use. I prefer using Belgian chocolate with 50 per cent cocoa instead of milk chocolate, and also dark chocolate with 70 per cent cocoa. It makes a really tasty treat.

Market must-have: A really nice hot minestrone soup from Lucia’s Pizza & Spaghetti Bar, with a crispy ciabatta. I love the richness of the dish.

Winter wander: I love to go to restaurants down Peel and Gouger Streets. Peel Street has plenty of restaurants that use high quality foods, and it has a very convivial atmosphere. Gouger Street I love because there are a dozen different Asian restaurants, especially Japanese and Vietnamese.

Mitch Aldawsari, Real Falafel
Mitch Aldawsari, Real Falafel

Mitch Aldawsari – Real Falafel, Shop 22A Central Market Arcade

Falafel Pita Sandwich

Falafel is my life! But it must be fresh, always fresh. My Falafel Pita Sandwich is traditional and has hand cut potato chips inside, so it fills and warms you up.

Market must-have: A big warm bowl of Pho Beef Noodle Soup from Yen Linh Restaurant on Field Street, Adelaide.

Winter wander: Have a glass of Barossa Valley shiraz at my local Cantina Sociale, which is very close to my home. It’s the best way to warm-up after a long day of work.

Rom Chea, Rommy's Market Garden
Rom Chea, Rommy’s Market Garden

Rom Chea – Rommy’s Market Garden, Stall 37

Hot Sweet and Sour soup with pork and steamed rice

This dish has always been close to my heart, as my mum would make it for the family when one of us was unwell. I come from a big family. There were ten of us, including mum and dad. The perfect balance of the three components –  hot, sweet and sour –  always hits the spot. My wife Voeung made it often when the kids used to live at home and it brought everyone together. It’s one of my favourites because, when my wife makes this dish, it almost tastes as perfect as my mum’s and brings back memories of my time in Cambodia.

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Market must-have: A favourite of mine would have to be a coffee from The Grind, one of my opposite neighbours. It gives me that little bit of extra energy to get through the day.

Winter wander: As a busy person who’s either working at the  Central Market or at home on the farm, I don’t tend to get to go out and explore. But my all-time favourite thing to do during the winter is to have my eight grandchildren, my four children plus their partners together for dinner – either at my house where my wife cooks, my two daughters’ houses or the house of my son-in-law, who’s a chef. Creating memories and being under the same roof with my family has always been my favourite thing.

Inga-Perkons-Grauze. The Latvian Lunchroom

Inga Perkons-Grauze – The Latvian Lunchroom*

Our own Eurohotdog

Served with a Robetown Pale Ale, this makes a fantastic lunch meal. We created this popular signature dish over two years ago to meet the hunger needs of our customers who wanted more than just a smoked sausage and sauerkraut meal. This hotdog still combines these traditional ingredients but with extras that reflect the flavours of this Baltic region. Everyone loves a hot dog – it’s symbolic of a hearty and satisfying dish at an affordable price.

Market must-have: The fresh juices from Michael’s Fruit and Veg, our neighbour at the Central Market. Healthy, delicious, well-priced and very handy.

Winter wander: I love to take walks all rugged up in the Botanic Gardens on a brisk but sunny Sunday, and stop for a hot coffee at the kiosk. I also never tire of lazy yum cha lunches at one of the many excellent eateries in Chinatown.

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*Please note: The Latvian Lunchroom ceased trading at the Adelaide Central Market in December 2018 but you can still follow the team on their Facebook page.

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